Still life on tonal gradations

Here we have a mixed media work that involves many skills and subjects. First off all we learn how to paint a tonal gradation with acrylic or tempera painting, in order to create a background for this still life. You draw 12 stripes on a drawing sheet (2 centimeter each). Every line should be painted with a darker tone of the gradation, starting from the lighter one. On the palette you prepare … [Read more...]

Design a wall clock

We’ve already designed a chair and a table lamp in some previous lessons, and this time we deal with a new object: we have to design a wall clock, taking its specific functions into consideration before drawing it. In the grade 8th classes we discussed about the origin and evolution of design and we analysed the functional features of a wall clock. Some elements, as the position of hours and the … [Read more...]

Design a wall clock: worksheets

We’ve already designed a chair and a table lamp in some previous lessons, and this time we deal with a new object: we have to design a wall clock, taking its specific functions into consideration before drawing it. In the grade 8th classes we discussed about the origin and evolution of design and we analysed the functional features of a wall clock. Some elements, as the position of hours and the … [Read more...]

Vortex of textures

A colored vortex of graphic textures have been created here by students of 6th grade, to test their creativity. Here we have the instructions to follow in order to realize this drawing with felt-tip pens: - on a square drawing paper draw a central point with a pencil. You don't need to measure, you can trust your eyes! - from this central point draw eight curved lines, bended toward right. The … [Read more...]

The copy as instrument of knowledge

Since forever in the history of art, every artist is used to copying the other artists’ work, especially the work of the ancient masters. This practice teaches to us a lot of things about the techniques, the use of colours and the personal style of the master. Therefore, to copy corresponds to learn, according to the effective idea of “learning by doing”. Even today, in the age of the … [Read more...]

How to paint the color wheel: video tutorial

A new video tutorial from arteascuola.com, about how to paint the color wheel using Primary colours and mixing them to get Secondary and Tertiary colors. I spent some time to suggest the way you arrange the primary colors on the palette: it's important to have enough paint and enough space in order to mix the colors properly. In this video I used Magenta Red, Primary Yellow and Blue Cyan, but it's … [Read more...]

Flowers printed with Craft foam

We have already worked with this interesting material that can be etched, cut, shaped, glued, colored and printed. We used the craft foam sheets especially for printing, because it's cheap, it's suitable to be engraved, inked and printed in easy, simple steps. This time with Grade 6th students,  we created some printing plates in flower shapes, inspired by works of the great illustrator and artist … [Read more...]

Fashion design with Textures: worksheets and 5 activities

The drawings for these activities are inspired by Scott Nylund’s work, an american illustrator and fashion designer . I really like his clean and graceful style and I found it suitable for working on the textures. The templates should be printed on paper or white cardboard, and then you can cut out the model’s dress with a cutter. In that way you create an empty space that you can fill up in … [Read more...]

Like tissues at the microscope: shading exercise

In order to comprehend the shading effects in a drawing, it's very useful working on the perception of the depth. Adding shadows on a flat drawing helps our perception in seeing the three-dimensional effects of the depth. It's a sort of "magic": we can understand the different layers just if the shadows are in the right spots. I created this drawing with students of grade 7th. We started … [Read more...]

Mountains made up of lines

Lines can depict any shape; they can create tridimensional effects and give the perception of movement. I did this drawing with 6th grade students, in order to create a mountain landscape using just lines. Putting lines near each other, you can create the perception of threedimensional volume and our eyes see undulations, protuberances and hillside indentations. We started the drawing with the … [Read more...]